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buttonRules to qualify for participation in hip and elbow schemes
buttonAbout the Hip and Elbow Dysplasia Schemes
buttonChanges to Hip and Elbow Schemes
buttonNew Hip and Elbow Reader
buttonProcedures for Applying for Hip and Elbow Status
buttonSpecial Instructions for Veterinarian when X-raying
buttonHip and Elbow Certificates
buttonAppeal System for HD and ED scheme
buttonPublication of Hip and Elbow Results
buttonHip Dysplasia Scheme Medals (for Breeders)
buttonComparison of GSDCA Elbow Scheme with SV Scheme
buttonFurther Reading on Hip Dysplasia


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Rules to qualify for participation in German Shepherd Dog Council of Australia
Hip and Elbow Dysplasia Schemes

To participate in any German Shepherd Dog Council Schemes that are conducted for and on behalf of the German Shepherd Dog Council of Australia, one must be a member of an affiliated member Club of the German Shepherd Dog Council of Australia.

If a dog is owned in partnership, provided one partner is a member of an affiliated Member Club, then the normal fee structure shall apply.

Residents of Australia who are non-members of any affiliated Member Club may apply for participation in a German Shepherd Dog Council of Australia Scheme provided that the equivalent of one years subscription fee plus the joining fee of that member Club, is paid in addition to the normal fee applicable to the desired scheme.

Residents of New Zealand wishing to participate in a German Shepherd Dog Council of Australia Schemes, must be a member/or member of an affiliate of the New Zealand German Shepherd Dog Advisory Council.
 


Hip and Elbow Dysplasia Schemes

The GSDCA conducts a Hip Dysplasia Scheme and an Elbow Dysplasia Scheme in order to ensure that the breed average scores for hips and elbows for the German Shepherd Dog remain as low as possible.  This in turn ensures that the soundness of the breed progresses.  An owner must be a member of an affiliated Member Club (see Rules to Qualify for Participation above)

Owners are required to apply for an application form from the State Club Hip and Elbow Scheme Registrar and animals participating in the scheme are required to be anaesthetised and x-rayed by a qualified veterinarian under the guidelines and rules of the GSDCA Scheme after the age of 12 months.  If the dog is not tattooed the applicant will need to apply for a tattoo symbol (see Tattooing)

X-rays are sent to qualified readers engaged by the GSDCA for reading and grading.  Once assessment is made the forms are endorsed with scores and either passed or failed according to the criteria laid down for achieving a pass.  Once passed the animal is then awarded an 'A' stamp for hips and a 'Z' stamp for elbows and a certificate is forwarded to the applicant.

GSDCA HD/ED Control Scheme - Breeders and Owners Note

Please ensure that your veterinarian is aware of this requirement, as documented on the GSDCA HD/ED Control Scheme Application form under “Advice to Veterinarian”, which reads as follows :

"Computer Radiography Generated Images (Digital X-rays) :  For computer radiography generated images (digital x-rays) to be accepted by the GSDCA Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dysplasia Control Scheme, the images must be of a high quality and saved as DICOM Images (i.e. .dcm extension)."
 

Document icon Review of HD Scheme (Historic information, 2000)

Hip Diagram
Extract from article by Dr Karen Hedberg - "What Price a Normal Hip"
see Inherited Disorders page for full article.


 


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changes to hip and elbow dyslplasia schemes

Changes to ED Scheme:

PDF icon Changes to ED Scheme July 2010

Notice to GSD Breeders about Requirements to Comply with Hip Dysplasia (HD) and Elbow Dysplasia (ED) Control Schemes to Enable ANKC Litter Registrations:

 ANKC SURVEY RESULTS

Recently the ANKC conducted a survey to ascertain the opinion of registered German Shepherd Dog owners in relation to Litter Registration Limitations of the breed.  The response received has indicated overwhelming support for the following:

Litter Registration Limitations be amended as follows and apply for litters born from 1 June 2011 :-

1.1    Both parents of every litter must be screened for Hip Dysplasia through an official Hip Dysplasia Control Scheme. Where the parents have been born after 1.1.10, they must record a score of no more than 12 on either hip, or in the case of imported animals, a grading that is deemed to be acceptable for breeding in their country of origin.

1.2    Both parents of every litter must be screened for Elbow Dysplasia through an official Elbow Dysplasia Control Scheme. Where the parents have been born after the 1.1.10, they must record a grading of Normal, Grade One or Grade Two on both elbows, and be free from the condition of UAP (Ununited Anconeal Process.) 

Breeders of litters whelped on or after 1 June 2011, will be required to comply as a prerequisite to registration of any litter on the ANKC Main Register. Dogs must be positively identified by microchip, or tattoo prior to being x-rayed. Litters which do not meet the above requirements will be placed on the Limited Register and will be flagged not to be upgraded.

Dr Karen Hedberg
ANKC Canine Health & Welfare Committee.


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new hip and elbow reader

A new hip and elbow reader has been appointed. 

Dr Jennifer Richardson,
Department of Veterinary Clinical Science,
School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences,
Murdoch University, South St,
MURDOCH    WA   6150

   Document icon Notification of new reader


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procedures for applying for hip and elbow status

An application form is to be issued by the State H.D./Elbow Dysplasia Registrar upon payment of the required fee. To apply check with your state club Registrar - Link to State Clubs.  The State Registrar fills out the form with the following details :

1. State Contract Number allocated.
2. Name of Dog
3. Tattoo Number of Dog. 
4. Mark the reader who will be reading the x-rays.

The fees must be paid at the time of application and the forms pertaining to that particular animal’s x-rays and cannot be transferred under any circumstances.  In particular, note the special information below and the section below " Information for Veterinarians at the time of X-ray".

 

Special Note To Applicants from the National Breed Commission Chairman -
Mrs. Joylene M. Neddermeyer.

Hip and Elbow Dysplasia Scheme Application Form. - Breeders/owners should read the form and be aware of the declaration that they are signing and its meaning. Please find the declaration detailed below :

I hereby declare that:
a) The particulars above are correct and relate to the dog submitted for radiographic examination.
b) The radiograph remains the property of the German Shepherd Dog Council of Australia and will retained for further research by the University of Melbourne.
c) I understand that this is a research program to improve German Shepherd Dogs in Australia
d) The dog submitted has not previously been submitted to the scheme or the dog has previously been submitted and the HD Registrar No is…………….
_________________
Signature of Owner.

The other declaration is signed by the Veterinarian and reads as follows :

I certify that I have checked the dogs Tattoo Number and identified it radiographically on the ray.
________________
Signature of Vet.

If problems are found with incorrectly identified x-rays and incorrect tattoo numbers etc which are contrary to the Rules it means the declaration was not adhered to and the animal will have to be re-x-rayed. Owners should check that all of the information is correct, when receiving a result on either the provisional result (pink sheet) or the GSDCA certificate. By checking the information, it could save time and embarrassment later when the animal is submitted for breed survey.

If a new certificate needs to be issued it must be returned to the GSDCA National Hip and Elbow Registrar prior to a new certificate being issued.

All original paperwork must be brought to breed survey and checked by the officiating Breed Surveyor. All Breed Surveyors should not take this responsibility lightly, but should take time to carry out this ruling for checking date of birth, Reg. Number, Tattoo Number and age at time of x-ray etc. It would certainly save time for the National Breed Commission Registrar and the National Breed Commission Chairman. 

At a breed survey if a problem or discrepancy is detected the animal should be deferred until the next survey and, the Chairman of the National Breed Commission should be notified. 

In conclusion, remember these points :

1. Check all paperwork when received and if an error is found please contact the appropriate person immediately.
2. Be aware the only acceptable means of positive identification is the GSDCA tattoo or a tattoo from a GSDCA recognised scheme for all breed improvement schemes and certification.
3. If taking x-rays at any time, which you may use at a later date for example as proof of full dentition, ensure that the GSDCA tattoo number is identified radiographically on the ray.

All of the Registrars can make mistakes, no one no matter how often paperwork is checked errors can still be sometimes found. Those errors can only be corrected if we are informed of them.

If any breeders have any questions in regards to the requirements for the GSDCA Breed Improvement Schemes please do not hesitate to contact me, I would rather talk to you to deal with a query then have to ring later with a problem.

As I stated previously, I do not enjoy making discussions which adds extra stress to owners of animals that participate in our schemes but I have confidence that in future, breeders will be more conscientious in the accurate recording of their breeding activity.

After all it is the breeders and owners of the German Shepherd Dog in Australia that have undertaken the GSDCA Breed Improvement Schemes and have shown an endeavour and responsibility to the German Shepherd Dog and a tremendous commitment to attain their goals in breeding a healthier and sounder German Shepherd Dog.

J.M. Neddermeyer.
National Breed Commission Chairman.

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instructions to be given to veterinarian at time of x-raying

The Instructions to the Veterinarian should be highlighted to be clearly visible.

Please print and take the following two forms to your Veterinarian when x-raying:

PDF icon Requirements for Veterinarians at x-ray     Please note motion re labelling:  PDF icon Labelling of X-Rays
 

Green button CORRECT LABELLING OF X-RAYS SUBMITTED FOR THE GSDCA HIP AND ELBOW DYSPLASIA CONTROL SCHEME

The x-rays submitted for assessment in the Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dysplasia Control Scheme must be identified RADIOGRAPHICALLY with all of the following:

a) the dog’s GSDCA tattoo number
b) the date
c) right or left marker
d) the dog’s name

Please note: Incorrectly labelled films will not be accepted for reading and will be returned to the Veterinarian/Owner for the animal to be re x-rayed.

The only accepted means of identification is the GSDCA tattoo or a tattoo number from a GSDCA recognised scheme. The onus is on the Veterinarian to ensure that the animals comply with the requirements of the GSDCA scheme. If there is no tattoo number on the x-ray plate, then that animal must be re-x-rayed.  Please Note: That no attached labels or microchip numbers will be accepted as means of positive identification.
 

Green button CORRECT POSITION OF ANIMALS TO BE X-RAYED FOR THE GSDCA HIP AND ELBOW DYSPLASIA CONTROL SCHEME

HD X-ray - One view of the dog’s pelvis is to be taken under general anaesthesia. A high quality radiograph is required and any incorrectly exposed or poorly positioned films will not be read but returned for re-x-raying. The radiograph should be repeated at the veterinarian’s expense. The view of the x-ray must be :

View: Extended Ventro-Dorsal pelvis.

No other view will be accepted for assessment. The radiograph should cover an area from the iliac crest to the stifle joint. The femora should be parallel to each other and the stifles rotated inward so that the patellae lie in the centre of the trochleae of the femora, Care should be taken to ensure that the pelvis is square and the femora are parallel to the cassette.

Elbow X-ray - A fully flexed lateral view taken from the medial to the lateral. The onus is on the Veterinarian to ensure the animal complies with the requirements of the GSDCA Hip and Elbow Control Schemes. It is also the responsibility of the Veterinarian to sign the declaration of the Hip and Elbow Application form that states :

I certify that I have checked the Dog’s Tattoo number and identified it radiographically on the x-ray.

Note: The only acceptable means of positive identification is the GSDCA tattoo number or a GSDCA recognised scheme.


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hip and elbow certificate

Once the Hip and Elbow x-rays have come back from the GSDCA's reader, a certificate is issued to the owner of the dog, explaining the scores achieved. 

The certificate also carries the GSDCA 'A' stamp and the 'Z' stamp to indicate that the dog has passed the Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dysplasia Schemes (see certificate).

Hip Certificate


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appeal system for gsdca hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia control schemes

The following procedures to appeal a result in the GSDCA Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dysplasia Control Scheme :

1. Contact the National HD/Elbow. Registrar.
2. Payment forwarded to the National H.D/Elbow Registrar for the amount of the required fee.
3. National H.D./Elbow Registrar to request the x-rays to be forwarded to the National H.D/Elbow Registrar from the reader concerned.
4. X-rays forwarded with payment to the Adjudicator Radiologist.
5. Results returned to the National H.D./Elbow Registrar
6. National H.D./Elbow Registrar informs the owner of the animals the result.

The animal receives the best possible result. That means if an animal receives an ‘A’ borderline and then by appeal receives a Failure, the ‘A’ borderline stands.

Green button RULES FOR RESUBMISSIONS IN THE GSDCA HIP DYSPLASIA CONTROL SCHEME

X-ray plates of animals that are re-submitted for assessment must adhere to the following :

1. Resubmit of the second plate to the reader of choice.
2. If there is a less than 6 point discrepancy then the benefit of doubt shall go to the dog.
3. If there is a greater than 6 point difference in the total score, then the matter shall be adjudicated by sending the two sets of plates to the current appeals adjudicators. That decision will be final.

It should be noted that if the x-ray is being re-submitted due to tilted x-ray and is returned to the same reader then no payment is required when the new form is purchased.

If the x-ray is being re-submitted to a different reader for a second assessment then the form must be purchased and paid for.

The required fee for an appeal in 2011 is $100.


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publication of hip and elbow results

The Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dysplasia Control Scheme results are published each year in the Breed Survey Book (see Breed Survey section).

The Hip Dysplasia Registrar will pass on all the required information to Canine Controls for those animals that have achieved an ‘A’ stamp classification. Fails will only be passed on if the animal is to be bred with and on the requirement of the Canine Control.

At the National Breed Commission Meeting each year a list of progeny result will be presented for the Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dysplasia Control Scheme. Links for current results of hip and elbow data collected :

Green button November/December 2013 HD and ED Statistics

Hips

PDF icon 1 Progeny results for sires 10_19 GSDCA HD Control Scheme
PDF icon 2 Progeny results for sires 20plus_GSDCA HD Control Scheme
PDF icon 3 Current Sires_Progeny results GSDCA HD Control Scheme

Elbows

PDF icon 1 GSDCA Elbow Dysplasia Control Scheme Progeny Results_via bloodlines_December 2013
PDF icon 2 GSDCA Elbow Progeny Result_Sires via percentage of normal_December 2013
PDF icon 3 GSDCA Elbow Dysplasia Control Scheme Progeny Results_via current bloodlines_December 2013
PDF icon 4 GSDCA Current sires according to percentage of normals_30112013
PDF icon 5 Females _GSDCA Elbow Dysplasia Control Scheme Results_November 2013 results
PDF icon 6 Females_GSDCA ED Control Scheme Results_November 2013 percentage of normals

 

Green button November 2012 HD and ED Statistics

PDF icon Sires_Willis_style_GSDCA_HD_results_20_plus_Mean_Score
PDF icon Sires_Willlis_style_GSDCA_HD_results_20_plus_Alphabetical
PDF icon Sires_Willis_Style_results_GSDCA_HD_10_19_Mean_Score
PDF icon Sires_Willis_Style_results_GSDCA_HD_10_19_Alphabetical
 

PDF icon Sires_GSDCA_Elbow_Dysplasia_Control_Scheme_Progeny_results_via_percentage_of_normal_November_2012
PDF icon Sires_GSDCA_Elbow_Dysplasia_Control_Scheme_Progeny_Results_via_bloodlines_November_2012
PDF icon Dams_GSDCA_Elbow_Dysplasia_Control_Scheme_Results_November_2012_results
PDF icon Dams_GSDCA_Elbow_Dysplasia_Control_Scheme_Results_November_2012_results_percentage

 

Green button June 2012 HD and ED Statistics

PDF icon GSDCA HD Scheme, Sires Results June 2012 Sires with 20+ Progeny
PDF icon  GSDCA HD Scheme, Sires Results June 2012, Sires with 10-19 Progeny
PDF icon  GSDCA ED Scheme Results, June 2012.  Sires with more than 10 Progeny (by bloodline)
PDF icon  GSDCA ED Scheme Results, June 2012  Sires with more than10 Progeny (by percentages of normals)
 

PDF icon  GSDCA Dams ED Scheme Results, June 2012.  Dams with more than 10 Progeny (by bloodline)
PDF icon  GSDCA Dams ED Scheme Results, June 2012  Dams with more than10 Progeny (by percentages of normals)

 

Green button November 2011 HD and ED Statistics

PDF icon  GSDCA HD Scheme, Sires Results November 2011 Sires with 20+ Progeny
PDF icon  GSDCA HD Scheme, Sires Results November 2011, Sires with 10-19 Progeny
PDF icon  GSDCA ED Scheme Results, November 2011.  Sires with more than 10 Progeny (by bloodline)
PDF icon  GSDCA ED Scheme Results, November 2011  Sires with more than10 Progeny (by percentages of normals)

 

Green button June 2011 HD and ED Statistics

PDF icon GSDCA HD Scheme, Sires Results 2011 Sires with 20+ Progeny
PDF icon GSDCA HD Scheme, Sires Results 2011, Sires with 10-19 Progeny
PDF icon GSDCA ED Scheme Results, 2011.  Sires with more than 10 Progeny (by bloodline)
PDF icon GSDCA ED Scheme Results, 2011  Sires with more than10 Progeny (by percentages of normals)


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hip dysplasia control scheme medals (for breeders)

The German Shepherd Dog Council of Australia award gold, silver and bronze medallions to kennels that have supported the GSDCA Hip Dysplasia Control Scheme.

The National Hip Dysplasia Registrar verifies these awards and the awards are presented each year at the National Show and Trial.

The awards are available to all Kennels in Australia and also to Kennels overseas who participate in the GSDCA Hip Dysplasia Scheme, (i.e. New Zealand and England).

Gold Hip Medal Silver Hip Medal Bronze Hip Medal

Gold - Kennels that have bred 50 ‘A’ stamp animals.

Silver - Kennels that have bred 25 ‘A’ stamp animals

Bronze - Kennels that have bred 10 ‘A’ stamp animals

The kennels being awarded the Hip Dysplasia Control Scheme Medals are published in the National Magazine following their presentation.


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comparison of the gsdca elbow scheme with the sv scheme

PDF icon Comparison of Schemes


further reading on hip dysplasia

For further reading on hip and elbow dysplasia see the Veterinary Information page - Veterinary Information - Hips

 

Updated: 03/03/2014


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